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Weight loss surgeries range from invasive open surgeries to minimally invasive laparoscopic or endoscopic surgeries. Given the high demand and need for bariatric procedures, constant advances are made to make the procedure less invasive for the patients. Elipse swallowable gastric balloon surgery in Turkey is an example of such advances. 

Benefit Of Choosing Swallowable Gastric Balloon Clinic In Turkey

Easy Documentation And Less Paperwork 

Getting a visa to Turkey for your weight loss surgery doesn't take too long and depending on your country of origin, you may not need a visa at all. Most people from European countries can travel to Turkey without a visa and others only need an e-visa, which they can receive easily, online. 

All you need to focus on is preparing for the procedure and not on the hassle of paperwork.

Round-The-Clock Care 

Most reviews of people who got a swallowable gastric balloon in Turkey rave about the round-the-clock care they received before and after the procedure. All language barriers are prevented with the help of a translator. 

Luxurious Amenities 

Luxurious amenities are often included in the all-inclusive packages of swallowable gastric balloon procedures. Stay in a luxurious hotel, tours of the city, and transport to and from the hospital to the hotel, are some of the examples of luxurious amenities that you may receive if you have the swallowable gastric balloon placed in Turkey. 

Low Costs 

Getting a swallowable gastric balloon placed in Turkey costs significantly lower than getting the procedure done in other European countries. However, the low cost should not be mistakenly equated to low-quality of results. 

The overall low costs of surgeries in Turkey are in fact, due to low wage costs and the overall reduced cost of infrastructure maintenance. Moreover, there is a surplus of board-certified bariatric surgeons in Turkey which reduces the swallowable gastric balloon’s price in Turkey.

Swallowable Gastric Balloon Cost in Turkey 

The cost of a swallowable gastric balloon in Turkey is roughly between €2000 to €2500. This price for the Elipse gastric balloon is significantly lower than the neighboring countries. 

The Best Candidate For Swallowable Pill Gastric Balloon In Turkey 

The best candidate for a swallowable gastric balloon placement in Turkey is someone who:

  • Is obese or overweight, and struggling with weight loss through diet and exercise

  • Is suffering from comorbidities due to the excess weight

  • Is not able to undergo endoscopic, laparoscopic, or open bariatric surgery due to health or personal reasons

  • Is willing to travel to Turkey for the procedure

The Next Steps If You Plan To Have Elipse Swallowable Gastric Balloon in Turkey

  • Do your research. It is important to choose a clinic that works best for you. It is best to opt for a weight loss clinic that has positive online reviews. 

  • Choose the right doctor at the right clinic. Looking at before and after pictures after an Elipse swallowable gastric balloon procedure in Turkey can help you decide between different doctors. 

  • Book an online consultation to ensure compatibility between the clinic, doctor, and yourself. Do not travel to Turkey without having met the doctor online.

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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Cuneyt Kayaalp, on Apr 21, 2024

What Is a Swallowable Gastric Balloon?

A swallowable gastric balloon is an outpatient procedure for patients seeking non-invasive procedures to lose weight.  

You swallow a capsule; once the doctor confirms the capsule position via X-ray, the doctor will fill the capsule with saline via catheter, and then the catheter is removed.

The balloon limits your stomach capacity, meaning you will eat less food. And once you reach your targeted body weight, the capsule will pass through you naturally, and your body will get rid of it like a bodily waste.


Elipse Swallowable Gastric Balloon Alternative Treatments

If you're unhappy with swallowable gastric balloon results, you can consider more invasive procedures:

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Band 

Swallowable Gastric Balloon Recovery Time

The recovery from an elipse swallowable gastric balloon placement is a couple of days with most people returning to work within two days. However, patients should be on the lookout for some discomfort such as abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and cramping. 


How Does Swallowable Gastric Balloon Procedure Work?

The whole procedure is completed in 20 minutes during an outpatient appointment. You swallow a capsule that contains a deflated balloon. Once the doctor confirms the capsule position via X-ray, the doctor will fill the capsule with saline via catheter; the catheter is removed.

What To Expect After Swallowable Pill Gastric Balloon Treatment? 

  • You will lose 80% of your weight in the first three months. 
  • The balloon will stay in your stomach for 16 weeks; after the allocated period, a time-activated release valve on the balloon will open and empty the saline inside the balloon.
  • After deflation, the balloon will naturally pass your body via the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Expect nausea and stomach cramps in the first few days until your body adapts to the balloon placement. 
  • Your doctor will prescribe medication to remedy the nausea symptoms. 

Cosmetic procedures that may help improve your appearance after a weight loss surgery are:

  • 360 Abdominoplasty
  • Breast lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Arm Lift
  • Thigh Lift

Side Effects of Swallowable Gastric Balloon Treatment

The most common side effects after a swallowable gastric balloon treatment in Turkey are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain

However, these symptoms are only seen during the first seven days after recovery and resolve spontaneously. In case, a patient is unable to tolerate the side effects, then the decision to remove the gastric balloon will be made. But, this is very rare and only done for 1-2 percent of the total cases. 

How To Prepare For Swallowable Gastric Balloon Procedure?

  • Ask a loved one to accompany you to help you during the recovery process.
  • Read about the procedure and the pros and cons of the swallowable gastric balloon in Turkey so that you can make an informed decision about getting the procedure done. 
  • Talk to your surgeon about any concerns or worries
  • Talk to your primary care doctor to adjust the doses of any medications that you may be on. 
  • Have a lengthy talk with your surgeon and dietician to understand the post-surgical lifestyle changes you will need to make to maintain the weight loss. It is important to understand how strict the lifestyle changes will be as they require strong willpower and commitment. If you are unable to commit, let your doctor know. 

Swallowable Gastric Balloon Quick Facts


 Swallowable gastric balloon


 20 minutes


 2 - 3 nights

Cost in Turkey






Final Results

 3 months

Side Effects

 Nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting 

Success Rate

 70% - 80%


 After 3 days 

Back To Work

 After 2 days





Related Procedures

 Gastric Balloon, Gastric Band 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can a gastric balloon burst?

Swallowable gastric balloon in Turkey is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that has certain risks associated with them, including but not limited to, rupture. 

Can you fly with a gastric balloon?

Elipse swallowable gastric balloon is completely safe to fly with and there is no major risk associated with flying. However, you can expect some temporary bloating and cramping when flying with a swallowable gastric balloon from Turkey.

Can a gastric balloon be permanent?

Swallowable gastric balloon in Turkey is not a permanent solution for weight loss. Once it is removed, the weight loss needs to be maintained strictly to prevent weight gain. 

Can I walk after the gastric balloon?

Yes, walking after getting a swallowable gastric balloon is completely fine and even encouraged. 

How much does a swallowable gastric balloon cost?

Swallowable gastric balloon cost in Turkey €2500.

Do swallowable gastric balloons work?

Yes, swallowable gastric balloon works; most patients report they lose about 70% - 80% of their weight in the first three months. 

Can a gastric balloon fail?

A swallowable gastric balloon has low risks; even if it bursts or deflates, the liquid saline is harmless because it is made of water. The balloon will pass your body via the gastrointestinal tract.

Can you get a second gastric balloon?

Yes, you can have a second balloon placed if you have yet to reach your weight loss goals after the initial 6-month balloon treatment.